Hezbollah and Lebanon’s official military – the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) – are increasingly cooperating with one another, Israeli military sources say, and this relationship is helping the Iranian-backed terrorist organization run southern Lebanon.
“We actually see them working together,” an IDF official told reporters earlier this month. “We see them go the same villages together.”
This relationship helps Hezbollah get around UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which forbids it from moving armed units into south Lebanon. The Resolution does, however, permit the LAF to be in the area, enabling the Lebanese military to act as a cover for Hezbollah’s activities.